What You Should Know
Ionithermie is an electricity-based detox treatment used to reduce the appearance of cellulite and slim the body. It is purported to break down fatty acids, fat tissue, and purge the body of toxins that build up over time. Many websites claim that this process improves skin texture, firms and tones muscles, and detoxifies the body by raising energy levels and the metabolism. There are differing opinions on the slimming effects, with treated areas reportedly slimming anywhere from 1 to 8 inches. This process was created in 1978 by Olivier Fouche, a French biochemist. Ionithermie is only recently available in the United States. Clinical tests have shown positive results but there is no scientific literature substantiating the claims about Ionithermie.
When spas employ Ionithermie, they use several types of micronized or cleansing algae and thermal clays. The area is then covered with a layer of fabric and a conductive coat of thermal clay. Electrodes are attached to the fabric and an electrical current is passed through. The electrodes combine two types of electronic stimulation and are applied for 30 minutes to an hour. The faradic (electric) stimulation works as an exercise to promote muscle and skin tone. Galvanic stimulation uses both positive and negative ions to extract toxins from deep within the body. Once complete, the application is removed and lotion is applied to the skin.
- Ionithermie has been in use for almost 30 years.
- Ionithermie can only be used in a licensed spa or other beauty institute.
- Electric stimulation can give some people an unpleasant sensation.
- Ionithermie’s results are not long term.
- The price for the Ionithermie treatments are around $125 to $150 each.
Treatments such as this have been featured in many popular women’s magazines such as O and Glamour but we can’t find much evidence to suggest they work well. They may tighten the skin and reduce the appearance of cellulite but it’s a short term fix. If you are interested in this treatment we also suggest using a powerful weight loss product that includes a thermogenic compound to burn fat all day and night.